"An Excellent, Albeit Brief, Continuation of Dune"
Dune Messiah feels more of an addendum to the original than a fully fledge sequel, but is nonetheless brilliant and a strong continuation of an excellent story.
Set twelve years after the events of the first in the series, Messiah chronicles the conspiracy to dethrone Paul Atreides, the leader and messiah of the Fremen after his jihad has conquered most of the known universe, despite his best efforts in Dune to prevent it.
Delivered with a similar pace to the original, each character is well fleshed out and the introduction of the Tleilaxu and the Guild Navigator Edric add and explain questions that would have arisen during the reading of Dune.
Nothing is set in stone within these books despite the prescience and this unknown carries the story well despite its relatively slow pace.
The narration is mixed. Simon Vance is the main narrator and his variation in tone and accent is brilliant, brining the Fremen to life and adding depth to each character voiced. Scott Brick & Katherine Kellgren are similarly well voiced and the chapter read by Kellgren adds flavour to Alia's character. However Euan Morton who voices Paul in a couple of chapters ruins the characters developed by the other narrators. His Paul is fine, although whiny, but his Fremen, especially Stilgar is awful and demeans the strong characters they are clearly written to be. A shame, but can be overlooked.
This is a great book but far too short. Luckily there are many more left in the series to develop the story of Dune.
"Not anywhere as near as good as b1"
Not as long or interesting as book 1 but I guess if you intend to listen on you need this 1
"A solid sequel."
The narrator keeps the story interesting throughout giving characters credible tones and emotions.
The ending of the story is unexpected and memorable. It does not follow the typical path that stories of a powerful lead character often does. Muad'Dib does not always triumph.
There is no doubt that Paul as Muad'Dib grips the listener but a small character the uncanny dwarf Bijaz steals the few scenes he enters before meeting his untimely demise.
It is impossible to remain aloof when reading the book. I identified with both sides in the plot's struggle but always there is the fascination with the machinations of Muad'Dib. Will Paul succeed and where do his powers of perception truly end.
"A Classic that I haven't read for years"
As good as I remember. Nice touch having some music etc to give atmosphere. Well worth a listen even if you have read it a few times as I have.
good voices, nice atmosphere.
LOL, it's long!
but definitely more-ish!
"Not enough Scott Brick."
In the middle
Listeners beware as this recording lacks a gripping performance in my opinion. I felt rather cheated by Scott Brick's name appearing on the credits as he speaks for less than 10 minutes or so and just starts and finishes the recording.
A good story but as gripping as Frank's first in the series.
"Good, but not that good"
I enjoyed the continuation of the Atreides mythos; Herbert understands that the reader gains political insight by giving the characters' thoughts alongside what they actually say to each other.
The book doesn't quite stand up to the original. The story is a little more static, with a sense of inevitability permeating the plot; Dune was filled with unknowns.
The narration was good, though not as good as the original.
Emperor of Dust
This is a highly political novel. Much of the action and excitement of the first novel is traded for politics, thoughtfulness and mythos building.
After the superb 'Dune' I though this was a very disappointing sequel. Nothing much happens and it seems more like a mere episode than a book.
This is a very analytical and political second book in the Dune series. It grasps the loneliness of a powerful emperor, in the meanwhile letting the reader take a sneak look at the conspiracy against him. I found it fascinating how it proves that seeing the future is a very tricky business and can cause infinite boredom if not used wisely and in moderation.
"Enjoyable but a bit of a commitment"
I've always enjoyed the concept of the Dune books, and love the slow pace and build up to an almighlt climax. This was no expectation and i could not stop listening towards the end (in fact I had to replay the last 20 minutes to make sure I had taken it all in).
Due to the books philosophical and religious content this can sometimes feel a little heavy going, but ultimately very enjoyable.
"Got me in the end"
I'd listened to Dune about two years ago, so it took a while for me to re-learn all the characters in this book, but once I had done I got really back into it. No other sci-fi author really uses politics like Herbert, and I always loved the way we get to hear the thoughts of the characters as they say one thing and think another. Great ending too.